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Do you see black ants and ant nests in Canberra?

Ants and ant nests are one of the most common pest control problems in Canberra these tiny species of ant are call the black house ant (Ridomyrmex glaber) and white footed house ant (Technomyrmex albipes) these ants drive people crazy as one minute there are just a few and like magic next time you look there are many.

The reason why ants and ant nests are difficult to control is that they nest under paths, in wall cavities, in potted plants or garden beds they can even be under the house, roof or come in from a neighbour’s house!

How do I know if I have an ant infestation?

There are a number of signs that you have an ant pest control problem simply the numbers of ants when you open the pantry or if you see them across your bench and no matter how many times you wipe the ants away more come to replace the ones you got rid of!

If you’re worried you have an ant infestation, here are four signs that could confirm your suspicion:

  1. Ants covered exposed food
  2. Your pet’s food bowl has been infiltrated
  3. You notice scout ants walking around
  4. You follow the line of ants from where they are foraging and discover the ant nest

What to do about killing little black ants and ant nests?

There are a few homemade remedies that tend to have limited success but are worth having a try at to get rid of them, but to permanently eradicate them the only way to do this is to call in a reputable pest control company like A1 Pest Control Canberra who will use treatments that they are licensed to use.

In the meantime let’s go back to ingredients you can use to either spray or bait the black ants.

  • Fill a spray bottle with 50/50 water and vinegar spray the trail line
    this works well with ammonia mixed the same way.
  • Mix equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar together. Pour the mixture into a shallow container or bowl, then place it near the line of ants. The powdered sugar will attract the ants to the mixture. The ants will take it back to their nest and eat it.
  • Borax (can be found in the laundry section in bigger grocery chains like Coles or Woolworths) bait can be made a few ways one way is to mix 1 part borax with 2 parts peanut butter. This mixture is good as it can be smeared on a wall where the ants are and taken back to the nest.
  • Equal parts of borax and sugar pour over hot water stir until dissolved and then soak cotton balls in the mixture and put the balls in the forage line and near the nest. The sugar attracts the ants who eat the sugar and take it back to the nest – hopefully that is the end of the pest problem.

Helpful tips to keep black ants out of your home.

  • Some of these tips will be obvious and some not. One of the first things you do is get inside the pantry and give sauce, jams and syrup bottles a good wipe down.
  • Keep biscuits and cakes in a container that you can seal.
  • Don’t leave pet food out overnight.
  • Wipe down bench tops sweep up crumbs
  • Regular vacuuming.
  • Check dripping or leaking taps

Part of your home maintenance should always get pest control done at least once a year, more visits are needed for commercial properties where there is food preparation such as restaurants.

A1 Pest Control Canberra uses quality pest control treatments that are effective, environmentally friendly and most important pet and people friendly.

Call our team today 0407 065 413

 

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Pre-Construction Termite Barriers – A1 Pest Control Canberra

Why you need a pre-construction termite barriers

One of the most important decisions you will make when building your property is how to protect your investment against termites and there is no better way to do this at the time with a pre-construction termite barrier. A1 Pest Control Canberra is a trusted installer and well known amongst builders.

The purpose of a termite management system is to deter hidden termite entry and stop the risk of termite attack.

Why Pre-Construction Termite Barriers Are Important?

  • Termites and are active in all mainland areas of Australia
  • 34,000 homes each year are attacked by termites
  • The average damage cost is approximately $10,000.00 with some homes having to be knocked down completely!
  • Insurance does NOT cover Termite damage steel roof homes are not termite proof. Other areas of the home are still vulnerable to termite attack. For example, timber floor, kitchen and bathroom cabinets, even electrical wiring problems.

 Did you know….

Under the Building Regulations, your new home must be fitted with a termite management system or be built with termite resistant structural materials?

As the new property owner you can choose the type of termite protection installed before the commencement of construction this is the only opportunity you have.

A1 Pest Control Canberra has been installing termite pre-construction termite barriers and post construction barriers for the older properties for many years, in fact we are the experts when it comes to termites’ period.

As specialist in termite barriers leading builders sought our help and advice when it comes to help choosing the right termite management system for the property.

A few of the options we have but not limited to include:

  • Chemical Reticulation Soil Treatment Systems
    These are rechargeable, piping systems that deliver liquid termiticide the soil next to critical areas under and around the house. The treated soil is a deterrent to termites. As any termiticide will break down in a few years, reticulation systems offer the benefit of being able to retreatment the soil without disruption.
  • Hand Sprayed Chemical Soil Treatments
    Mainly now only used in Western Australia, this method involves the application of a termiticide to the soil under the slab, garage floor and around the outside walls. The treated soil is a deterrent to termites. To increase the level of protection with this method, we also install other service penetrations. The perimeter chemically treated soil will break down within 5 years and further re-treatments will be required to maintain the effectiveness of the soil to ensure that the treatment remains effective.Trithor is a unique Thermo-compression Technology™ that locks the deltamethrin into the inner core before it is laminated top and bottom with a rugged plastic membrane. This means it is non-hazardous to anyone handling the product or who comes into contact with it. This product has a 50-year warranty with it. Trithor is an exceptionally tough and flexible termite security system, with proven performance that doesn’t cost the earth.

 

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TERMITE PROTECTION STARTS WITH AN INSPECTION Call 0407 065 413

Imagine this. you have or are buying a property and you see it has had a visual termite inspection but what jumps out at you on the report is one or more of the following.

• Not able to gain access to the subfloor
• Wet weather could not access the roof etc.

Termites gain access when dirt meets wood if they can not gain access through the dirt they build mud tracks that can reach up to 7 feet tall to gain entry to your home.

Do you take a gamble and hope like hell there are no termites in the areas that were not able to gain entry?

Let me tell you something, you may gamble that there were no termites in that area but recently we have been called in where people DO find termites 6 months after moving in to their property OR a potential buyer orders a thermal image inspection and finds termites which delays the sale as the buyer negotiates to factor this treatment into lowering the price or at worse walks away from buying the property altogether.

Thermal imaging can pick up termite body heat and movement through walls, floors and under the house it will even pick up house faults like leaking pipes behind walls this saves you thousands of dollars.

CALL OUR TEAM 0407 065 413 or visit our website A1 Pest Control Canberra

 

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Possum Catcher Pest Control Canberra Call 0407 065 413

There has been a larger than ordinary possum calls outs this winter. Many reasons for this as Canberra expands to make way for buildings and housing destroying possum habitat and food source they are heading into suburbia and that is when it becomes a problem.

Who would blame possums for wanting to keep warm in Canberra winters!

Our team is one of the few pest control companies that are fully licensed by TAMs to trap and release possums. As a bonus, we will also repair minor entry points of the possum when it is a small job with easy access.

We will not set traps over the weekend as we do not work on Sunday to release them which would be cruel.

As you can see in the video possums are protective and also territorial and they normally travel in pairs and will regularly, fight with their partners or fight over food but believe me they are a big pest especially while you are sleeping.

RING OUR TEAM TODAY 0407 065 413 or go to our website A1 Pest Control Canberra

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